publication . Article . 2018

Counterfeit drugs and the online pharmaceutical trade, a threat to public safety

O'Hagan, A; Garlington, A;
Open Access English
  • Published: 22 May 2018
  • Publisher: MedCrave Online Journals
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Counterfeit pharmaceuticals are a serious and ever-growing threat to public safety. Monitoring the trade is difficult, resulting in the precise scale of the problem being unknown, however evidence shows that it is not just lifestyle drugs that are targeted nowadays. Adverse health problems, including fatalities, have resulted from consumers self-medicating with counterfeit products. Without efforts to enhance the public's knowledge, the problem will continue to persist. The internet is facilitating the trade by providing counterfeiters with a large consumer base and limited risks. The dark net within it allows for anonymous transactions between manufacturer, dis...
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